Plan Your Visit
The Oshawa Museum offers tours year round!
Due to COVID-19, our tour procedures have changed - please review this information carefully. If you have questions, please call 905-436-7624 x 106 or send an email to the programming department (email@example.com)
In accordance with Ontario Public Health guidelines, wearing a face mask inside the Museum is no longer required, however the OM encourages all visitors who wish to wear a face mask to continue to do so, based on their discretion and comfort level.
- Self Screening
Signs are posted encouraging social distancing and self-screening upon entrance. Plexiglass shield at the main desk at Guy House.
- Hand sanitizer stations
Hand Sanitizer Stations are located in each Museum building for visitor use.
The Museum Buildings
The Henry House Heritage Gardens
The Heritage Gardens behind Henry House feature various perennial herbal plots, including culinary, medicinal, tea and dye herbs. The garden space is interpreted as the family's garden, illustrating how the herbs would have been used and why. The Heritage Gardens feature two designated heritage trees, recognized by Trees Ontario, a fleur-de-lis from the Centre Street United Church, dated 1874, and a garden brick donor walkway.
The gardens are used for programming throughout the summer, including our popular Victorian Teas and Yoga in the Garden.
What's in the Robinson House Galleries
Leaving Home, Finding Home in Oshawa:
Displaced Persons and Stories of Immigration
The aftermath of World War II saw a world faced with mass movement of human beings on a scale never before seen. Initially the idea was to “repatriate” people back to the countries from where they had been displaced, and there were over 1.1 million people left who were determined "non repatriable." The job of finding homes for these individuals was handed over to the newly created International Refugee Organization (IRO).
In 1947 the Canadian government agreed to open the borders for 5000 displaced persons to come to Canada and begin life anew.
Since 2016, the Oshawa Museum has been undertaking a very important oral history project. The focus of this project was to collect the memories of those who arrived in Oshawa as displaced persons and post-war immigrants, many hundreds of whom resettled in Oshawa due to economic and social factors, positively contributed to the city as both an industrial hub and as the proud beneficiary of a rich cultural landscape.